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Wound care digital toolkit ‘powerful asset’ to improve health and quality of life for aged care residents

More than 400,000 Australians are estimated to suffer chronic wounds at any given time, with the condition costing the system more than $3.5 billion. Coviu, the Federal Government's video telehealth platform of choice, is being funded to develop an innovative digital solution for wound care. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

OPAN report reveals system still with a long way to go responding to royal commission recommendations

The contents of a new qualitative report from the Older Person’s Advocacy Network paint a picture of a system that has a long way to go in realising the recommendations of the royal commission. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

How a timely transparent mask invention is helping restore vital visual communication

For older Australians, especially those with hearing or cognitive impairment, Covid-19-induced face mask-wearing has caused widespread breakdowns in communication. Allysa Dittmar's transparent mask invention ClearMask, is bringing human connection, empathy, and comfort back into healthcare. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Cash-prize competition open for new ideas to help our CALD elders deal with isolation and loneliness

Australian Multicultural Community Services is offering cash prizes for fresh, innovative ideas on how to best tackle isolation and loneliness in older Australians.

Young kids and elders lift each others’ spirits through magical Notes to Nursing Homes pen pal program

A pen pal system between Woy Woy South Public School on the NSW Central Coast and nearby residential aged care facility HammondCare Woy Woy has allowed students and the home’s residents to swap pictures, stories and jokes during some of the most strict of lockdown conditions. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Swan insists third dose of COVID-19 vaccine not just a ‘booster’ – it’s a must

ABC radio journalist and author Dr Norman Swan has told delegates at the LASA virtual forum From Pandemic to Endemic: The Future of Aged Care and COVID-19, that we must redefine the COVID-19 vaccine schedule as a three-dose regimen.

AMCS Nordic walking program’s accessability and benefits a revelation for eager participants

Older Victorians have been embracing a stronger workout, but with less exertion and risk of injury as part of Australian Multicultural Community Services’ new Nordic walking group.

What does the arrival of the newest strain of COVID-19 mean for the aged care sector?

The new COVID-19 strain, B.1.1.529 or ‘Omicron’, has breached our border, with cases detected in New South Wales and Northern Territory over the weekend. So, what does its arrival mean for aged care? BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Government seeks to explain aged care restrictive practice act amendments as concerns and objections voiced

Proposed amendments to federal aged care legislation will prevent legal challenges to residential aged care facility providers implementing restrictive practices, where consent has been given prior. Aged care advocates have concerns. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Researchers are delving into smart technology and looking at just how it will impact homes for seniors

Smart Homes for Seniors, Intelligent Home Solutions for Independent Living is a new multiple university study into what extent smart technology and artificial intelligence will augment aged care in the future. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to researcher Dr Sarah Pink about the project.

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